English Proficiency Requirements - Vancouver Campus

Exemptions at Time of Application for Admission

Non-U.S. Institutions

Students who have completed at least two years of study in any of the following countries are exempt from providing an English proficiency test score at the time of admission.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

FDU English Placement testing (EPT) at the time of enrollment may be required, even for those exempt at time of application for admission.

Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States, Canada or other English Speaking country for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

Accepted Tests of English Proficiency

TOEFL (https://www.ets.org/toefl)

Internet-based: 70 or higher


FDU Vancouver Campus testing code: 7627

IELTS (http://www.ielts.org/)

Overall band score of 6.0 or higher. Min bands in individual scores may be required by specific academic programs. Some applicants may be asked to take FDU English Placement Test prior to arrival.

PEARSONS (http://www.pearsonpte.com/Pages/Home.aspx)

PTE Academic English Exam: 53 or higher

SAT (https://www.collegeboard.org/?student )
(for first year undergraduate freshman students only)
420 or higher on the Critical Reading (old testing system)
480 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
FDU Vancouver Campus testing code: 5823

CAE (http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/)

Cambridge Advanced English with score = C

FCE  (http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/first/)

Cambridge English First with score = B

Step Eiken (http://stepeiken.org/)

Grade 1

MELAB (http://www.cambridgemichigan.org/melba)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery = 77

CAEL (http://www.cael.ca/)

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment = 65

CanTEST (http://www.cantest.uottawa.ca/)

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees = 4.0

GTEC (https://www.benesse.co.jp/gtec/en/

General Test of English Communication = 1150

ACT (http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html

English = 22

English Pathway Programs

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers an exciting opportunity for international students with intermediate English language skills who meet the University’s academic admission standards but require additional training in academic English (speaking, listening and/or writing skills).

All new students are required to take the Academic Writing test once they arrive on campus. Based on results of the test you may be placed into one of the following:

Our Pre-University and Pre-Masters Programs provide students with highly specialized English language and support courses in the first semester while they study and earn academic credit toward their bachelor's or masters's degree.

Conditional Admission and Vancouver Campus Partner Language Schools

Students who are academically prepared to pursue a university program but are unable to meet the minimum English proficiency requirement may apply to the intensive English language program offered by our Partner Language Schools in Vancouver.

The language and entrance examination (if required) must be fulfilled in order for a student to matriculate to the University.